Summer Bucket List


Modern Eve's Summer Bucket List

It’s couple weeks into summer and I’m already feeling itchy. Seriously, I’m like an ungrateful teen, complaining of boredom and bitter that her favorite TV shows are on hiatus. Summer used to be my favorite season, but then I moved to Dallas (hello, triple digits and mosquitos) and became paranoid about sun damage. While I love the idea of outdoor picnics and gathering friends for a game of bocce ball, I’m sadly dependent on my air conditioning right now. And life with a baby means our long summer nights end at an unsatisfying 7 pm.

But summer still has a lot to offer and I don’t intend on wasting it away at the mall or coveting my California friends’ instagrams. I decided to assemble a summer bucket list to make sure I don’t miss out on the fun. Here’s some things I hope to make happen from now until the end of August. Follow me on instagram (@moderneve) and see if I am able to check these items off my list!

Modern Eve‘s Summer Bucket List
Take a sunset boat ride
Practice yoga outside
Get barbecue from Pecan Lodge
Invite friends over for weeknight dinners
Send a letter to an old friend
Replace my plastic food storage with glass
Go to an outdoor concert
Travel to Colorado to escape the heat
Host a mommy and babies brunch
Update my spices
See a drive-in movie with my husband
Purge and organize my craft closet
Take swim lessons with Beckett
Go bowling
Bake blueberry muffins from scratch
Read a non-fiction book
Perfect my green juice recipe
Buy produce from a local farmer’s market
Plan a staycation with my girlfriends
Roast marshmallows for s’mores

Photography Credits: Alea Lovely and Brent Darby: Graphics by Modern Eve

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Mommy & Bébé Style: Embroidered Contrast

Mommy and Me StyleFor those of you that don’t have children, I didn’t think I’d be dressing like my daughter either. In fact, there’s a whole slew of things that fall into the category of “I didn’t think I’d do that”. Running out of the shower toward my daughter’s crib, soaking wet, naked at the sound of her cry, for one. Yes, that happened. But, to be fair, it was a blood-curdling scream.

Motherhood changes you, my friends. Exhibit A: Matching mother-daughter outfits.

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 On Mommy :: J.Crew pom-pom tank // Gap leggings (old) // Vince Camuto stud earrings (similar) // H&M bracelet (old) // Loeffler Randall gladiator sandals // MARC by Marc Jacobs sunglasses

On Bébé :: Old Navy embroidered top // Little Hip Squeaks headband

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Mommy & Bébé Style: Floral Prints

Things may have been quiet over here for a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. Figuring out my new role as a mom is taking the majority of my attention, but I am also working on a site re-design set to launch this fall. The new site is going to feature the same great content – fashion roundups, décor inspiration, styled tablescapes and trend highlights – all from my new perspective as a modern mom. This summer, I’ll be giving you a couple sneak peaks. The first is the start of a new Mommy and Bébé Style series featuring my precious daughter, Beckett!

Freshly Picked Moccasins Style

In today’s post, I am sharing how I dress my best self, in collaboration with one of my favorite retailers, T.J.Maxx. As I’ve shared before, I love finding quality designer fashions at a great price. On one of my recent trips to T.J.Maxx, I found this silk blouse from Rebecca Taylor and chambray shorts from rag & bone. I also picked up this cute little floral outfit for Beckett by Ralph Lauren.

My personal style has evolved a lot in recent years. Today, I favor easy, comfortable looks and choose to invest in pieces that have a flattering fit made with quality fabrics. Since becoming a mom, wearability has become the single-most important factor when deciding on whether or not to add an item to closet. Stylish, yet comfortable pieces are key to an effortless wardrobe. Loose blouses and tailored shorts, like these, make for an ideal summer outfit, with my new favorite accessory, my daughter, of course!

>> Check out how other womens’ best self evolves in a lifetime through fashion.

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On Mommy :: Rebecca Taylor blouse c/o T.J.Maxx // rag & bone shorts c/o T.J.Maxx // Loeffler Randall sandals // Kate Spade New York earrings // Essie nail polish in Penny Talk

On Bébé :: Ralph Lauren dress and bloomers c/o T.J.Maxx // Gap headband // Freshly Picked moccasins


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Newborn Essentials: 0-3 Months

// Newborn Essentials (0-3 Months) by Modern EveMy daughter, Beckett, is almost four months old. I can’t believe it! Becoming her mom has been such a rewarding adventure. Exhausting, both emotionally and physically, but beyond-my-expectations rewarding. Now that I’ve actually been doing this whole mom thing for a little while, I’m reviewing my Baby Registry Gift Guide series and making note of items we’ve actually found helpful. Thankfully, so far, I haven’t regretted a single purchase and I’m really proud of how we’ve been able to be more minimalistic with the baby gadgets. I’ll be updating those posts with some notes here soon, but until then here are my favorite newborn essentials for zero to three months:

No. 1) Beckett basically lived in sleepers for the first three months of life. Considering she mostly slept anyways, I didn’t feel like messing with actual outfits. My absolute favorite pajamas are from Hanna Andersson and I especially love the prints available from their collaboration with Serena & Lily. They have a great fit and somehow the newborn size (50cm) lasts from zero to six months. We also highly prefer zippers over snaps. And since Beckett is long, I love that they don’t have feet, so she can wear them longer. They’re a little pricey, so I have actually started searching for gently-used options on local Facebook garage sale groups and Ebay. I’m developing quite a collection!

No. 2) After about a month, I started wondering what I supposed to do with my child all day long, aside from feeding and watching her sleep, of course.  “Playing” with a newborn is a little less fun and interactive then you might expect. I did get her these black and white art cards from Wee Gallery though and she loves them! Seriously, she stares at them so intently. I lined them against the wall of her crib and I catch her looking (and “talking”) to them all the time. They’re probably my favorite “toy” for her right now.

No. 3) These swaddle sleep sacks from Halo are my absolute favorite. Beckett sleeps in one every night. They keep her warm and she stays swaddled much better than when we use a regular swaddle blanket, which helps her stay asleep. The only bummer is that I have to wash these separately so the velcro doesn’t ruin other items in the wash.

No. 4) Beckett is a spitter-uper. And in those early months, it was helpful to have lots of burp cloths, baby washcloths and bibs on hand. These are actually discontinued from Living Textiles and I am so sad about it. It’s the waterproof backing and absorbent muslin that makes these items a must-have. I’ve tried other burp cloths and bibs and she would soak them right through. One of these could actually last all day! That’s a lot of spit up.

No. 5) We didn’t register for this, but were so grateful to be able to borrow it from a friend. Beckett slept in this Snuggle Nest co-sleeper for the first six weeks. Since we were breastfeeding, it was so nice to have her right there in the bed with us. And it was easy to soothe her back to sleep with a pacifier or lullaby. This, hands-down, was our favorite item in those early months.

No. 6) If Beckett lived in sleepers, then I lived in nursing tanks (and my bathrobe) in the beginning. I bought three (all this style from Target) and although I could have used several more (remember, the spit up), I am glad I didn’t splurge, because now that Beckett is eating less often, I find them less necessary.

No. 7) We received this blanket from Weegoamigo as a shower gift and it’s become one of my favorite things. It was the ideal weight to keep her warm during neighborhood walks and trips to the pediatrician this winter; and it also makes a great floor blanket when I put her down at friend’s houses.

No. 8) Even though we’re breastfeeding, we gave Beckett a pacifier the second night in the hospital. It was actually the lactation consultant’s recommendation, since she had been cluster feeding all night. My daughter loves to suck and that tiny, cheap piece of plastic has become more precious than gold. Our favorite brands are Avent Soothie (pictured here) and The First Years’ GumDrop. We have a Wubbanub, but we found until she could hold it, the weight would make it fall out of her mouth. Now that she’s bigger, she loves it.


We’d love to hear what items you found helpful during those first three months! Please leave a comment below.

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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

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In the United States today, Cinco de Mayo is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. While I am not Mexican (and even ignorantly referred to Cinco de Mayo as “a made-up Hallmark holiday” in a previous version of this post*), I welcome the chance to celebrate the unique and festive culture of Texas’ neighboring country. I love a good excuse to chow down unapologetically on some chips and salsa. And relaxing on a patio with a nice, frozen margarita doesn’t sound too bad either! Why not throw your own little Mexican fiesta this upcoming Monday? Here’s some inspiration to get you started:

*Thank you to an anonymous commenter for drawing my attention to the importance of this holiday for some.

// Cinco de Mayo by Modern Eve

(No. 1) Cinco de Mayo is all about the food and drink, so the bulk of your decorations should be focused on the table. Find a bright, colorful table runner to set the mood. Bonus points for tassels, macrame or Mexican embroidery.

(No. 2) Your Cinco de Mayo is not complete with some papel picado, translated ‘perforated paper’. This traditional Mexican folk art makes for a great decorative banner, but I also love them for party invitations.

(No. 3) Because who doesn’t want a piñata at their party?

(No. 4) Keep your tortillas warm in style with this hand-painted piece of pottery.

(No. 5) This woven tray would make the perfect bar space for drinks.

(No. 6) Serve up an assortment of tacos on these brightly patterned mini plates.

(No. 7) Whether it’s homemade or from the local grocer, any guacamole will look delicious is this festive bowl.

(No. 8) Make sure to have enough margarita glasses and large frozen drink pitcher on hand. These will undoubtedly be the hit of the party. My favorite? Frozen mango, with salt.

(No. 9) For the kiddos and sober crowd, pick up some Jarritos mexican soda. They also make for great decorations.

// Images via Camille Styles, H&M, Paper Fox LA and A & B Creative.

Shop more Cinco de Mayo party supplies below:

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